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Rams concede comeback to Voyageurs

By Christian Ryan

SUBDURY, Ont. - Manny Diressa (Toronto, Ont.) posted a career-best 32 point game, but the Ryerson Rams were unable to stop a fourth quarter comeback by the Laurentian Voyageurs as the Voyageurs take the 88-83 win Friday night at Ben Avery Gym.

After falling behind in the first, the Rams would charge back into a lead at halftime as Diressa kicked his game into high-gear. Keeping neck-and-neck with the Voyageurs in field goal and three point percentages, the Rams would have to liven up the defensive pressure to ensure their victory. However, despite a relatively low-scoring third quarter for both teams, the Rams defence could not hold back a hard-charging Voyaguers team that scored 32 in the fourth quarter after entering it down 63-56.

Diressa, whose previous career best was 30 twice against the Nipissing Lakers, put up a strong first half in which he would score 19 points finding seven of 11 shots from the field coupled with two three-pointers. While the second half would see him set his new best, his first half performance outscored the rest of the roster’s full-game performance, with Roshane Roberts (Vaughan, Ont.) coming closest with 18 total.

Kadre Gray (Toronto, Ont.) boasted a breakout performance as the second-year guard posted a triple-double with 26 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds to lead the Voyageurs to the comeback. Thirteen of his points were made across 14 free throw attempts alone. He was joined atop Laurentian’s scoring by fifth-year shooting guard Nelson Yengue (Yaoundé, Cameroon), posting a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The loss, the Rams’ third consecutive to start 2018, sees them sitting tied with Queen’s for third in the OUA East with 16 points. Saturday night, the Rams travel to face the seventh-place Nipissing Lakers to cap off Ryerson’s year-starting road trip, at 8 p.m. at the Robert J. Surtees Student Athletic Centre.

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